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26 Apr 2017

Belarus president vows to help restore peace in Ukraine

Belarus president vows to help restore peace in Ukraine

CHERNOBYL, 26 April (BelTA) - Belarus will be working for peace in Ukraine, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he visited the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on 26 April, BelTA has learned.

“The Ukrainian president and the Ukrainian people know our position - peace and only peace. The Ukrainians have never been strangers for Belarusians. We are close people, may some like it or not (there may be such people in Ukraine and possibly in Belarus. In Belarus there are luckily almost none of them). We have always lived together. Nobody can divide us,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

Addressing the Ukrainian president, Alexander Lukashenko said: “Do not even think that Belarusians can act otherwise than what they do now. We are sister nations. The only way we can come to your territory is, as I said, by tractor, to help you plow the land if necessary,” the Belarusian leader noted.

“We will be working for the sake of peace. We have no other purpose. It is not just my position. It is the position of the Belarusian people. There is a need to put an end, as soon as possible, to this internecine warfare, infighting with arms, and to stop watching warily at each other. This is a wonderful, golden land, where people have always lived in prosperity,” the Belarusian president said.

Belarus is ready to continue to contribute to the peaceful settlement in Ukraine, Alexander Lukashenko said. He also noted that Ukraine is not a foreign land for him personally. “We will do everything to make sure we have peace and decent relations," he said.

The head of state clarified that the second part of the presidents’ meeting that will take place in Belarus will be dedicated to people’s lives and economy. “As a result of the negotiations, both Belarusians and Ukrainians will be able to make sure that we will continue the policy of friendship and mutual cooperation,” Alexander Lukashenko noted.

“You cannot choose your neighbors. This is why I assure you that Belarusians have always been reliable friends, and will remain so,” the president said.

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